Founder & CEO, Happy Whole Human Institute of Holistic Wellness
Lisa is an aspiring Happy Whole Human dedicated to continual growth and evolution. She passionately champions the message that relationship health is key to individual and societal well-being. Her mission is to provide individuals (including herself!) and organizations with a safe, confidential space to relax, reflect, and snap out of self-absorbed and codependent patterns via mindfulness and holistic wellness to overcome obstacles and be more happy, productive, and conscious NOW!
My personal practice is…
Staying as present as possible and releasing negative emotions so that I can follow my heart with integrity and not let other people’s agendas and opinions, (approval or disapproval) affect me too much.
How did you discover your practice?
As a deeply sensitive and strong-willed independent thinker, it has always been difficult for me when other people have tried to pigeonhole or limit me. Much to my chagrin, going with the flow and following my instincts has often resulted in at least temporary push-back from others. It has been very painful and anxiety-provoking for me when others acted like being true to myself and realizing my potential was selfish or hurtful to them.
Why do you practice?
It feels like I have no choice! I have a strong sense of purpose and even when I try to deny my inner voice to please others it tends to backfire.
How frequently and for how long do you practice?
Every day all the time I work to anchor myself and establish healthy energetic boundaries so that I can comfortably coexist and collaborate with others as much as possible.
What’s something that gets in the way of your practice and how to you move through it?
Deep grief and anxiety stemming from feeling misunderstood and unsupported is very difficult for me. I deal with it by doing my best to not get defensive and/or drink wine and/or eat pizza. I then examine the limiting beliefs that anchor those emotions and revise them so that I can release the emotional energy and move forward.
What supports you in staying committed to your practice?
My sense of purpose and desire for freedom.
What role does your practice play in your work?
I teach others what I have learned and create safe, confidential spaces for them to discover and be true to themselves.
Describe someone you know whose practice inspires you.
My advisor in grad school, Dr. Debby Jacobvitz, pairs personal achievement with pragmatic advocacy and compassion. She is an outstanding mentor and inspiration.
A practice I’d like to explore is….
More on Lisa and Happy Whole Human here.